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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joshua Bayer Jazz: Six By Five

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Joshua Bayer can't be called a prolific artist in terms of CD releases. The bassist/guitarist has offered up only two previous albums this millennium: Lines and Grooves (Jazzhead Records, 2003) and New Voice: Old Voice (Self Produced, 2006). Both sets grooved nicely, lively mainstream quartet sets, with a saxophone out front riding the waves of surging rhythm sections--piano-centric on Lines and Grooves, then cranking it up a notch on New Voice: Old Voice by bringing in the Fender Rhodes.

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Joshua Bayer: New Voice: Old Voice

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A couple of alto saxophones, wailing sweet and lovely on Charles Mingus' “Nostalgia in Times Square," open up Washington, DC-based bassist Joshua Bayer's New Voice: Old Voice. The rhythm section--Bayer, drummer Luther Gray and keyboardist Bob Sykes--inject a propulsive light touch into the swing; Sykes' Fender Rhodes floats in with a vibraphone-like sound.Bayer's last effort, the fine Lines and Grooves (JazzHeads, '03), was--with the exception of Gershwin's “Prelude"--an all-original quartet outing that paid tribute to a short list ...

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Joshua Bayer: Lines and Grooves

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It's sort of retrograde--or perhaps it's a loop. The most exciting and innovative recordings in jazz are coming out on small labels these days. Just like in the early days of recorded jazz, small independent labels are bringing out the real sounds. Case in point: Jazzheads' new release from bassist/composer Joshua Bayer. Lines and Grooves is a solidly mainstream affair, with the sax out in front of the rhythm section. It features eight Bayer originals that pay their ...


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